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Audiobook Review – Then Came You

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner

 

Review by Mirah Welday (mwelday)

Jennifer Weiner’s Then Came You is a novel told through various voices.  I listened to the audiobook and was quickly drawn into the lives of each character and became very curious about how all of the characters’ stories would come together.

At its essence, Then Came You is a love story that is multi-layered and multi-faceted.  Characters who probably would not have ever been in the same story come together through a variety of both positive and negative decisions.

Julie is ‘discovered’ in the mall but not by a modeling agency, by an agency that provides eggs to people who are trying to have children.  Her decision to donate her eggs is rooted in her love of family but will this be as simple a choice as she thinks?

Annie is married and she and her husband are struggling to make ends meet.  As a mother of her own children, she knows that being pregnant is something she knows how to do.  She sees the prospect of being a surrogate as a way she can make much-needed money for her family while helping another family at the same time.

But how will Julie and Annie’s decisions impact other characters in the story?  Weiner gives a unique voice to each character and deftly links the lives of all of the characters together.  I think listening to the audiobook was the right choice for me. The characters were funny, witty, sarcastic, condescending, and caring and their personalities were so clearly portrayed by the narrators.  If you’re in the mood for some good chick lit with some scheming, backstabbing, and forgiveness, you may want to give Then Came You a listen.

 

 

 

Audiobook Review – The Litigators

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

The Litigators by John Grisham

Review by Mirah Welday (mwelday)

I have really been enjoying listening to John Grisham audiobooks lately.  On a recent whirlwind road trip I listened to The Litigators.  The version was abridged and, while I usually prefer unabridged, this was a decent abridgment.  And there were times my husband and I were both laughing out loud, which is always a good sign.

David Zinc has had it at work.  He wants out of his high-powered, high-stress job at a law firm where he is being worked into the ground.  David reaches the end of his rope and leaves his job in dramatic fashion and, afterwards, he finds his way to the law firm of Finley & Figg.  Finley & Figg is a totally different kind of law firm than the one he left. He finds himself in an unconventional law firm with lawyers who can’t agree on how to get new business or how to handle clients.  David gets his footing and confidence while pursuing a case that changes everything for him and Finley & Figg.

I thought The Litigators was a legal drama with heart and humor.  It has a fair share of twists, cut throat lawyers and just enough doubt to make it interesting.  One recommendation: definitely read (listen to) the epilogue!

 

 

Audiobook Review – Ape House

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Ape House by Sara Gruen

Review by Mirah Welday (mwelday)

I recently moved from Pennsylvania to Lawrence, Kansas, home of the University of Kansas.  During the long drive to Kansas, I listened to the audiobook Ape House by Sara Gruen.  Ape House begins with an introduction to Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab at the University of Kansas.  The lab is leading a study of communication between bonobos (great apes) and between the apes and humans using American Sign Language and other communication tools.  During her time working with the apes, Isabel comes to think of the apes as her family and has a deep connection with each of them. When there is an explosion at the lab, Isabel is separated from the apes.  She is then thrown into a fight for her life and a desperate attempt to be reunited with the apes.

Things took a turn I really wasn’t expecting in the wake of the University’s reaction to the lab explosion.  Isabel faces professional and personal crises and doesn’t know who she can trust in her efforts to reunite with the bonobos.

John Thigpen is a reporter who visited the language lab just before the explosion.  After the explosion his story on the bonobos takes a different path.  John is a hero who has flaws but he is cheer-worthy.  The sections with John are some of the best in the novel, in my opinion.

Grounded in extensive research, Gruen has created a novel that really makes the reader (or listener, since I’m reviewing the audiobook) think about what separates humans from apes.   Gruen presents an ethical dilemma on the actions of humans and animals. Most people in the novel think of themselves as superior to the apes but they inflict pain and damage unlike anything done by the apes.

Ape House is drastically different than Water for Elephants, the only other novel by Gruen I have read.  Other readers who were fans of Water for Elephants should not be expecting another similar story. With that said, I liked listening to Ape House and learning more about bonobos. Gruen is a wonderful story teller and her quality writing made for an enjoyable audiobook.  And you can enjoy the novel, too: there are multiple copies of Ape House currently available through PBS!